Why should I care about exercising?

One of the critical pillars of a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise.  Yes, what you eat matters and yes, how you feel emotionally is important, but exercise is a key component to total body health.  Without exercise you will not achieve your healthiest you. Exercise improves your mood and helps you feel better.  It helps you sleep. It helps to control your weight (even if you eat an optimal diet you still need to exercise to lose any significant weight).  Exercise delivers oxygen to your tissues – this can help give you more energy.  The more active you are, the better your heart and lungs work.  A healthy heart and lungs can contribute to a longer life. With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why exercise is critical.  This month, we’ll be talking about not just why we should exercise, but how to exercise.  I’ll introduce easy and fun ways to increase your exercise levels.  Just what you need to live a healthier and happier life. Join me this Thursday at 12:30 EST on Facebook for a live video where I’ll share 3 easy ways moms can sneak in more exercise as well as a terrific way to use Peppermint (our essential oil of the month). In the meantime, want to get started exercising a bit more?  Go out your front door (take the kids and dogs if needed), walk for ten minutes, turn around and walk home.  Repeat every day this week. How do you struggle with exercise?  Share in the comments and I’ll be sure to address your issues at some point this month!...
June 2017 Favorite Books

June 2017 Favorite Books

I started this month off slowly, but ended up reading four books in just a few days – vacations will do that for you!  Here is a list of everything I read this month and below are highlights of my favorites.  What was your favorite book this month?   NON-FICTION This was a very inspiring book – it focuses on seven important areas of life and shares stories of women who experienced change in each area.  The areas it covers are quite close to the ones I focus on in my coaching business so I really enjoyed the insights.  My rating 3.5 out of 5. FICTION What a fun book!  The characters were quirky and entertaining and I just loved them all.  Benedict Stone’s life is falling apart and he doesn’t have the energy or gumption to fix it.   Unexpectedly, a neice he’s never met shows up and is exactly the catalyst for change he needs.  My rating 4 out of 5. A very fast read – I consumed it by the pool one day.  A school shooting is narrated by a cast of characters present or affected by the situation.  I didn’t get a strong emotional connection to any of the characters – the way the book was written in short sections for each character as the events unfolded didn’t allow for that, but the story was engaging nonetheless.  Thought-provoking and raw.  My rating 4 out of 5. I just picked up a new stack of books from the library – a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction so we’ll see how the last month of summer...
Kick Start Your Life

Kick Start Your Life

How has it felt making small changes each week for the last month?  Good I hope! Just in case you’ve missed a week, I’m including a quick summary for you: Week 1:  Kick off – Have Fun Week 2:  Kick off your Exercise Week 3:  Kick off your Eating Week 4:  Kick off your Home This process is quite similar to what I do in my signature program “Make the Most of Every Day.”  The biggest difference is that I tailor the program to YOU.  Working together, we concentrate on your goals, desires and dreams. We also look for the little things that will make each and every day better and figure out how to implement them in your life – whatever it looks like right now. This program is a great starting point to creating a life you love and it’s a fantastic way to test having a life or health coach and discovering if it’s the missing link to reaching your dreams. If you are curious and want to learn more, click over HERE and check out all the details.  I’d love to work with you and help you create a happier, healthier life!...

Kick Start Your Home

Let’s talk about your home this week.  I bet you are asking yourself “what in the heck does my house have to do with my health and having a terrific summer?”  Right?  Hear me out … When your house is a mess, full of clutter and not a cozy and comfortable place to be, it’s hard to relax and enjoy life.  It’s challenging to prepare healthy meals in a messy or disorganized kitchen.  If you’re trying to work out at home, it’s impossible to manage if there is so much stuff lying around that you don’t have room to move. Plus, doesn’t it feel great to enjoy your home and feel good about it?  Be able to have friends over at the spur of the moment to share life?  So yes, your house CAN contribute to a healthier and happier life.  Ready to get started? Today I have a simple task for you.  Grab a bag or basket and walk around the house for a few minutes.  Your goal is to find 5 things to either give away, sell or throw away.  This should be pretty easy the first time.  However, tomorrow you are going to do the same thing.  Then again the next day and so on.  By the time we “meet” on the Facebook event on Thursday at 1:00ish EST you’ll have removed TWENTY things from your house.  Wow!  That’s less clutter, less stuff to take care of (and therefore more time for other things) and a strong start toward an overall healthier and happier home. Looking to dive even deeper into creating a life you love?...
Kick Start Your Eating

Kick Start Your Eating

How’s your summer going so far?  Hopefully by now you’ve done at least a few FUN things and gotten a few good workouts in.  Please keep that up!  Your family and your body will thank you. This week we are going to jump into healthy eating.  Summer is a great time of the year to switch up your diet.  Food tends to be fresher, we often don’t want to eat as much when it’s hot outside and we don’t have to contend with sports practices and homework every evening. For the next few days I want you to concentrate on breakfast.  It’s a super important meal, and one most people don’t take seriously enough.  When you eat in the morning, you are essentially “breaking the fast” from not eating throughout the night.  Breakfast will also set the tone for the rest of your day.  Eat sweets and a coffee and you’re just not going to crave that healthy salad for lunch.  Skip it completely and you’ll be so hungry by noon you’ll probably overeat. So you can see why what you eat first thing each day is critical.  Something I have all my clients do is drink a glass of water as soon as they wake up.  I drink mine while my coffee is brewing as part of my morning routine.  Next be sure to enjoy a breakfast that consists of a healthy fat and a light protein or whole grain.  Fruit and/or vegetables are an ideal compliment.  Some ideas: Avocado toast (1/2 an avocado on a piece of toast – sprinkle sea salt, pepper and a splash of...
Kick Start Your Exercise

Kick Start Your Exercise

Did you track your workouts last week?  How many days are you actually working out?  More or less than you thought? Although many of my clients THINK they work out regularly, once they start tracking their workouts, they realize they aren’t doing nearly as much as they thought they were.  Tracking your workouts is eye-opening.  But don’t worry, we can and will fix that! Today I want you to think about where you went wrong in the past.  Were you doing workouts you dreaded?  Trying to fit them in at the wrong time of the day?  Or maybe you are already working out consistently but feeling bored or blah about it. This week, continue tracking your workouts.  Some people like to check it off their to-do list.  Others find it motivating to use a fit bit or apple watch.  Try out a few tracking methods and decide which one you like best.  Make it your goal to “check off” at least two workouts by Thursday.  Then, join me on Facebook Thursday at 12:45 EST for a live event where we will go over week 2 of your worksheet and come up with a plan to make it FUN to exercise. Want more individual attention while kick starting your life?  Check out all the ways we can work together to create a life YOU...

Kick Start Your Summer

Summer has arrived here in the Midwest.  School is out and the weather is beautiful.  My kids are on a balanced calendar so our summer is actually only eight weeks.  That means we need to make the most of it. Between sports camps and practices, vacations and 4-H, I feel like I’m piecing together a jigsaw puzzle to make it all fit.  Can you relate?  I still want to make sure I’m making the most of summer.  I would hate for fall to arrive and I’m full of regrets.  Regret that we didn’t enjoy ourselves like we could have, regret that we didn’t relax enough or that the kids relaxed too much and spent all their time with their ipads. Plus, summer is the perfect time to kick start a healthier lifestyle.  Warmer weather and longer days make it easier to fit in exercise.  Farmer’s markets, fresh veggies from the garden and cooking on the grill make better eating a breeze. All month I’ll be sharing ways to kickstart your summer.  Each week I’ll cover an area of your life (fun, exercise, food, etc.).  Between blog posts and Facebook Live you’ll come away with an action plan to ensure you are enjoying this summer to it’s fullest. To participate fully, click HERE to get a FREE worksheet – I’ll walk you through each step on it as the month progresses. Join me Thursday, June 8th at 1:00 for the first Facebook Live.  We’ll go through Week 1 (Goals/ Intentions and FUN) on your worksheet and start planning out a summer to remember! Looking to dive even deeper into creating a life...
Spring Cleansing – Exercise

Spring Cleansing – Exercise

It’s the last week of our Spring Cleansing – and this week we are talking about exercise. If you’ve been doing the same routine for months now, you may be starting to notice that you aren’t enjoying or getting as much out of your workouts as you did in the past.  It’s very common to start to just “dial in” our workouts when they are the same day after day.  As soon as that happens, we lose the intensity and some of the benefit.  What a waste! When you start feeling this way, you know it is time to switch things up.  What I like to do is try to find something VERY different from what I’ve been doing.  It means you have to really concentrate and focus on the activity – and when you are paying more attention you are automatically working harder. For example – if you’ve been running, try biking or swimming.  If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, start walking or hiking in a beautiful or calming environment.  Maybe you’ve been lifting weights?  Give pilates a try.  You’ll still get similar benefits, but the exercise itself is quite different from what your body and mind have been used to. I plan on adding a lot of hiking and biking to my summer workout, and pulling my yoga mat out for daily pilates.  What is your plan? Need an easy and environmentally safe way to clean your yoga mat?  Here is my favorite spray: Yoga Mat Spray small glass or metal spray bottle water Thayer Lavender Witch Hazel, 12 Fluid Ounce tea tree essential oil,...
Spring Cleansing – Personal Care

Spring Cleansing – Personal Care

When I thought of areas I need to “cleanse” in my life, personal care was right up there.  This is a hard area for me.  I’m sure you’ve read/heard/been lectured to/ etc. about how important it is to think about what you put on your skin.  After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body & quickly absorbs everything you put on it (one of the reasons I love my essential oils so much!). But … Those organic, healthy products are EXPENSIVE!  Plus they often don’t seem to work very well. I struggle with this.  I do.  The cost-conscious side of me wants to buy my products at the drugstore using a coupon.  The beauty loving side goes into the specialty stores willing to shell out big bucks for miracle creams.  I’ve done both, for sure. It’s a slow and hard process to switch to a healthier regime, so I’ve decided to do it in pieces.  This is my path and I hope it encourages you.  Instead of breaking up with all my personal care products at once, I’m replacing them with better for me versions one by one. It’s less stressful, less expensive and much more manageable.  Hopefully in a year or two, my bathroom cabinet will be a lovely minimalistic home to a few well-chosen brands or homemade concoctions. Since it’s going to be a slow road as I experiment and try to wean myself off old ingrained habits, I’ll be sharing each new step as it comes.  This means this isn’t going to be a pretty “look at my instant success” post like last week.  ...
Spring Cleanse Your Wardrobe

Spring Cleanse Your Wardrobe

This is an extra in the Spring Cleansing line up, but the timing is perfect so I had to share it with you!   Like many busy women, I used to have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear.  I’d wear the same old outfits every week.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have great clothes, it’s just that I didn’t have time to figure out new ways to combine them, or how to add fun accessories to make the outfits look fresh. A few years ago I discovered Alison Lumbatis and her very fun Style Challenges.  I’ve been a huge fan ever since.  They are so.much.fun. When you join (and the challenges are super affordable), you get a shopping list for the upcoming challenge along with multiple suggestions on where to purchase each item.   Now before you get all worried about spending a fortune, I’ve found that most of the items I already had in my closet (or at least something similar I could substitute).  For example, for the last challenge I bought one pair of white jeans, a striped t-shirt and a pair of sandals.  That’s it.  I definitely spent less and bought less than I would have if I’d gone out to buy some new spring clothes on my own. When the challenge starts, each evening you’ll receive an email with the outfit for the next day.  Simply go to your closet, pull together the pieces and voila, you are ready to get dressed the next morning guaranteed to look cute and stylish.  There are tips for small changes if you need a casual or...

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